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Far West Side revival plotted to reverse decline

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The Dispatch wrote West Side revival plotted Local governments uniting to reverse regional decline Monday, November 12, 2007 BY MARK FERENCHIK A plan to revive the faltering Westland Mall and soon-to-close Delphi Corp. plant could ultimately include a tax- sharing agreement between Franklin County, Columbus and Franklin Township. It’s a plan of regional importance to […]


Proposed Starbucks drive-thru at High & Greenlawn


A Starbucks drive-thru has been proposed west of High St on Greenlawn Ave at the corner of Front St. The developers still have some city approvals to obtain, but hope to open in the Spring of 2008. Related Story: – Starbucks debate heats up Short North


Hotel Opening on Gay Street in December

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Business First of Columbus wrote Buckeye Federal developer sets year-end for Residence Inn debut by Brian R. Ball Renovation of the former Buckeye Federal Savings & Loan building into a 126-suite Residence Inn by Marriott has entered the final stages, ahead of a planned opening by the end of the year. “We should be on […]


Yes, Columbus has a pedestrian-only street

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columbus-ite.com wrote Yes, Columbus has a pedestrian-only street. Thursday, November 8th, 2007 Seriously, I’m not joking. People talk about how in cities all over the country they’ve had to be turned back into streets for cars to drive through (by “people” I mean hardcore urban enthusiasts, so that’s like three?) . Well, we still have […]


Potential Columbus Light Rail Map


Following up on the previous thread, I’ve created a map now using the railroads around town: There are also T-Shirts of this design at Skreened. Unfortunately (or fortunately if you happen to own a music studio there), the entire North-East side gets no rail love (put the tracks in the roads?)… Looking at other transit […]


Columbus is 9th most affordable place to live


Forbes magazine recently listed Columbus, Ohio has the country’s 9th most affordable city (another Ohio city Cincinnati was #3) to live in according to a recent study by Forbes.com that looked at metrics such as low cost of living, housing affordability, as well as positive aspects of a city such as job creation, culture and […]


Shops on Gay Street ready for 2-way traffic

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  The Dispatch wrote Shops ready for 2-way traffic  Monday, November 5, 2007 By Tim Doulin There will be a grand “reopening” of Gay Street on Wednesday. No fanfare is planned, and the street never was officially closed, but tell that to merchants who have struggled to attract customers during the six months it’s taken […]


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